Cath Senker

Cath Senker - Author, editor, teacher

With 30 years’ experience in publishing, I have written more than 160 books for children of all ages, from history, biography, global and social issues to world religions, human geography and environmental topics. I also write for adults. In 2017, I published Stranded in the Six-Day War (see below).

In December 2018, Far From Home, Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War, Persecution and Poverty won the 2018 Educational Writers' Award.


I edit educational and craft books; children’s fiction and non-fiction educational and trade titles; academic reports and online materials. I currently commission and edit the RLF Consultant Fellow blogs.


I am a Student Academic Success Advisor at the University of Sussex Business School, offering academic advice to students in one-to-one and group sessions.

Also, I'm a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow, running writing development workshops for university students. I teach English to migrants and refugees for the Migrant English Project and The World Food Project.

Featured Book

Stranded in the Six-Day War

The extraordinary story of the 14 merchant ships trapped in the Suez Canal at the start of the Six-Day War in June 1967. I launched this book in June 2017 at the 50-year anniversary reunion of the former seafarers who were on the stranded ships.

This is a brilliantly researched and written account of an almost forgotten incident in the 1967 Middle East war. It's full of tasty nuggets of detail. The war stranded ships that were passing through the Suez Canal, and created a unique community of marooned seafarers. Recommended.

Jeremy Bowen, August 2017 (BBC Middle East editor and author of Six Days: How the 1967 War Shaped the Middle East).

Stranded in the Six-Day War, Cath Senker

From my blog

Nordwind gathering 2019

Keeping the GBLA community alive

Since I wrote Stranded in the Six-Day War, people from around the world have been getting in touch with me. They tell me about their activities to keep alive the story of the ships stranded ...
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Cook, Learn and Eat

Food is always a brilliant way to bring people together. We all love to talk about food and we all have strong opinions about it. If you’re trying to learn English, it’s good to have ...
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Refugee protest Calais April 2019

The barbers of Calais

The client studies his reflection in the hand-held mirror. His hair looks good on top but needs a little more trimming elsewhere. ‘Anyone got the number 2?’ calls the barber. After another careful 10 minutes’ ...
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